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ELEPHANT FESTIVAL TO BE CELEBRATED WITH TRADITIONAL GAIETY

Over the years, the annual world renowned Elephant Festival has become a great hit with tourists as well as the local populace of Jaipur. It is always held one day before Dhulandi (Holi). This year it will be celebrated with traditional gaiety at the world-renowned Rambagh Polo Ground in Jaipur on 26 March from 4 pm to 7 pm.

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The festival will begin with the ‘Elephant Procession’ during which flawlessly groomed, rows of elephants walk around in all their finery before an enthralled audience to make this festival an amazing one. The pachyderm will move with poise in the pageant and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi.  Elephants, as in the past years, will put up a variety of programs and the ground will be brought alive with musicians and dancers.


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Elephant Procession will be followed by the ‘Gajshringar Exhibition’ (Elephant ornaments) competition. During this exhibition the majestic animals, lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets will win the hearts of the domestic and foreign tourists. The mahouts (elephant keepers) take great care to decorate the elephants painting their trunks, foreheads, and feet with floral motifs and adorning them from tusk to tail with interesting trinkets. Elephants wear anklets and make music as they walk.


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The additional attraction of the festival will be Tug of War and Matka Race between Indian and foreign tourists. Finally, some lucky tourists are invited to mount the elephants and play Holi. The festival will end up with the majestic Holi fireworks.  Participants dance with great vigour and the excitement rises to a crescendo.

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On the day of Dhulandi (27 March) the festival of colours will be celebrated, as in the past years, at Khasa Kothi from 11 am to 1 pm. The tourists will get an opportunity to smear each other with gulal (dry colour) and will hear the traditional Holi folk songs to which they can even shake a leg.

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Later, a city tour by the bus has been organized for those who would like to go around Jaipur to witness the festival in its colourful hues.

(As informed  by the Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Tourism, Mr.. Rakesh Srivastava. The event is being organized by the Rajasthan Tourism, District Administration, Jaipur Municipal Corporation and Elephants Owners Development Society)

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4th Raj Car Rally for visually challenged persons on 24th March!

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Raj Car Rally with visually challenged persons has now become an annual event in Jaipur that contribute towards raising awareness about the abilities of the persons with disabilities.

In association with Team Jaipur, Himalayan Motorsports and Eye Bank Society, each year a Motorsport rally is being organised with a difference; where blind and visually impaired navigators will direct sighted drivers around the bustling streets of Jaipur.

This becomes a unique car rally in which the sighted driver virtually becomes “blind” and his blind navigator becomes “sighted”. Driving instructions will only be given in Braille, so it is up to the navigators to ensure the drivers know when to speed up, slow down, turn the right way and ensure their team crossed the finish line.

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This rally works on the format called Time Distance and Speed (TDS format). The tulip chart (driving instructions chart) is given in Braille which a sighted person cannot read. So the blind navigator reads out the instructions on the speed, directions, etc which guides the car through the streets of city to the finish.

The rally will not only help in showcasing the potentials of the visually impaired persons and their talents but also demonstrate the solidarity from the citizens of Jaipur. 

This year 50 plus cars are participating  and the Technical support of the Rally will be provided by Himalyan Motor Sports Club 

The rally will starts  from Jai Club at 9.00 AM on 24th March, 2013 and will ends at Vatika Town Ship on Ajmer Road.

Scrutiny will be done on 23rd at Ashok Club form 9.30 AM onwards.

 

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Reverence of Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri

The state of Rajasthan is always a great attraction for tourists. Colorful ambiance of the place along with the variety of tourist attractions makes it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. The various fairs and festivals celebrated in Rajasthan also add to the state’s attraction. Mahashivaratri is one of the most popular festivals in Rajasthan. This festival bears further significance as it is devoted to Lord Shiva who is one of the most important Gods of Hindu religions. Jaipur is a city with strong values. No matter how developed it is but the tradition and culture is still deep rooted.

One of the oldest temple in pinkcity is Tarkeshwar Ji Temple Chora Rasta which was built in 1784 A.D. with Black stone of 9” diameter. The other main highlights of the temple are a Nandi in brass and big bronze gongs and bells.

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Mahashivaratri which will fall on March 10, 2013 is celebrated with a lot of fanfare in Rajasthan. A large number of devotees observe strict fast on the day. They also believe that an earnest and honest celebration of the festival will give them a respite from all their sins. This festival is mostly celebrated by women of the Hindu community. After fasting for the whole day, they devotedly pray to the God. Married women perform these rituals for the well being of their husbands. Unmarried girls perform these rituals to get the best husband like Lord Shiva.

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On this day, Lord Shiva is bathed in milk and honey. They also offer Bel leaves and flowers (which is also called Bengal quince or wood apple) while chanting Om Namay Shivay. Some of the Lord Shibva temples also observe Jaagaran during the whole night of Mahashivaratri. After day break, the various foods offered to the Lord are eaten by the devotees as ‘Prasad’.

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Virtuous women who involved themselves to evolve the society !

Today, 8th March 2013 is International woman’s Day, a day to celebrate the life of a woman, her hardships and her inner strength. Though everyday is her day but still this special day is officially declared to praise, admire and encourage her deeds, sacrifices and efforts. Woman’s Day is the day to honor and cherish the womanhood and her accolades. She is the guiding force and is responsible for making us who we are. Be it a Mother, daughter, wife or a sister, she shapes our lives, our personalities and crediting them for the same is something one should do at every opportunity.

The new age woman enjoys a democratic approach and thrives on peaceful co-existence. Let’s celebrate this Woman’s Day by giving a tribute to some of the leading ladies of Jaipur who have achieved a lot in their life.The energy and passion they behold is an inspiration to the rest of the world.

Diya Kumari

She carries a timeless aura of elegance.  Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur whispers the history of royalty of Jaipur realm. She is the synonym of opulence and presently a well-known personality as she supports charity and extends all help and support to various causes. The expression of beauty, Princess Diya Kumari is fond of art and culture, and encourages the youth to excel in the field of art, academics, sports, etc.

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Rashmi Kuchchal

With her utter commitment, sincerity, she took the “Maya Group” to a pinnacle, and showed unparalleled results in the field of Hospitality industry to achieve excellence. Also she is a founder of a Non-profit organization, “Rays- Aasha ki ek kiran” which works with a sorted approach to help, nourish and educate kids with HIV+.

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Sunita Shekhawat

She doesn’t need a brand name for a semblance in jewellery industry. She has been serving to the society with her exclusive designs of jewellery to Bollywood and some high-end personalities.  An entrepreneur, hard core art lover devoted to her culture is a splendid example of womanhood.

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Kirti Rathore

Kirti Rathore is the only female fashion designer for men in Jaipur. She has become a synonym to eminence and fashion . She has conducted many fashion shows including presentations across overseas. She is a dedicated social activist and believes in giving back to society.

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Kamla Poddar

“Success is only a journey and not the destination.” says Kamla Poddar who has emerged as one of successful woman entrepreneur in Rajasthan’s patriarchal business community.

She is known for imparting quality education and practical skills. She has made her mark in the business and education field in Rajasthan churning our career-oriented professionals for various industries.

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Kulsum Malik

She is a woman who gives all credit of successful life to her husband. The down to earth celebrity Kulsum Malik has all essentials required to crown her as “woman with substance”. Right from a rebel reader to a triumphant woman entrepreneur she overcame plentiful obstacles to succeed.

Going back to her history, she came from an extremely difficult and humble background, which filled her with ample amount of inspiration that today she is the owner and director of Kaya Kalp Herbal Ltd.  Malik is not just a beautician and teacher, but also a messiah for scores of young girls from under-privileged backgrounds who learnt the means to earn a respectable livelihood from her. Malik, wants to help others like her to find a good life.

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Leela Bordia 

She is one of India’s foremost woman entrepreneurs who founded Neerja International in 1978 with an objective of doing well for Blue Pottery Craftsman.

Begun with four craftsmen, Neerja now runs several blue pottery units that employ more than 500 craftsmen, thus also contributing towards social change through its work. Mrs. Bordia has received numerous awards both at home and abroad, and has held distinguished positions including the Executive of the Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Handicrafts Association.

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Deepak Kalra

There are very few people who expand their fringes to conquer the pain of other people, and Deepak Kalra is one of them. Mrs Deepak Kalra is a truly an inspiring lady who has founded ‘Umang’ – Rajasthan’s first NGO for children with cerebral palsy, autism, mental challenges and multiple disabilities. Children at Umang are provided with a nurturing environment and trained professionals help them learn and grow. These children create beautiful pieces of artwork that can be bought as well, thus helping children at Umang become self-reliant.

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Happy Woman’s Day 🙂

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Glory of Vintage and Classic Cars in Jaipur

15th Edition of Vintage and Classic Car Rally kicks off today at Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur. The rally was organized by Rajputana Automotive and Sports Car Club in association with Government of Rajasthan, Tourism Department. This two day event was inaugurated by Honorable Governor Smt. Margaret Alva followed by the flag off ceremony on 3rd March 2013 by the Chief Guest in Hotel Clarks Amer.

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To make this a fun packed Saturday, Jaipur Beat visited this vintage ramp to witness some of the iconic automobiles and to praise the owners who have strive for years to maintain the glory and dignity of their vintage queens and will undoubtedly continue in years to come. Vintage Cars are the old cars which were manufactured by the auto industry and later on is preserved and maintained by the car aficionados.

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The cars which are the main highlights of this event are 1923 Austin 7 Chummy, a 1956 Thunderbird and a 1941 Packard that happened to be the first AC car and the list is endless. We were thrilled by the classic curves of vintage queens which were enough to take a deep sigh of desire.

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The glory and the royalty at Jai Mahal Palace were witnessed by number of people today. It was really a privilege and an opportunity to witness the engineering and designing of that era under one roof. Participants from Kanpur, Chandigarh, Mumbai and other place showcased their rare collections during the event.

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The highlights of the show are 1947 MG-TD, 1959 Daimler SP250, 1954 Baby Hindustan, 1931 Chrysler, 1935 Buick 90 Series etc

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The Vintage and Classic Car Rally in Jaipur has developed a sense of enthusiasm in those who are crazy behind car rallies. It is a matter of pride and honor to welcome the participants across the country. This activity has become an annual event due to its increasing importance especially in the city of royal i.e. Jaipur. This Vintage and Classic Car Rally is surely a treat to eyes and ensures to evoke a desire to get one 😉

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